Meaning of CATENARY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈka-tə-ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē, especially Brit ]

kə-ˈtē-nə-rē noun

( plural -nar·ies )

Etymology: New Latin catenaria, from Latin, feminine of catenarius of a chain, from catena

Date: 1788

1. : the curve assumed by a cord of uniform density and cross section that is perfectly flexible but not capable of being stretched and that hangs freely from two fixed points

2. : something in the form of a catenary

• catenary adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.